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Cinderella and the Carpetbagger: My Life as the Wife of the "World's Best Selling Author", Harold Robbins

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Harold Robbins's steamy books were once more widely read than the Bible. His novels sold more than 750 million copies and created the sex-power-glamour genre of popular literature that would go on to influence authors from Jackie Collins and Jacqueline Susann to TV shows like Dallas and Dynasty.

What readers don't know is that Robbins?whom the media had dubbed the "prince of sex and scandal"?actually "researched" the free-wheeling escapades depicted in his books himself . . . ...

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Overview

Harold Robbins's steamy books were once more widely read than the Bible. His novels sold more than 750 million copies and created the sex-power-glamour genre of popular literature that would go on to influence authors from Jackie Collins and Jacqueline Susann to TV shows like Dallas and Dynasty.

What readers don't know is that Robbins—whom the media had dubbed the "prince of sex and scandal"—actually "researched" the free-wheeling escapades depicted in his books himself . . . along with his drop-dead, gorgeous wife, Grace. Now, in this revealing tell-all, for the first time ever, Grace Robbins rips the covers off the real life of the international best-selling author.

The 1960s and '70s were decades like no others—radical, experimental, libertine. Grace Robbins chronicles the rollicking good times, peppering her memoir with anecdotes of her encounters with luminaries from the world of entertainment and the arts—not to mention most of Hollywood. The couple was at the center of a globetrotting jet set, with mansions in Beverly Hills, villas and yachts on the French Riviera and Acapulco.

Their life rivaled—and often surpassed—that of the characters in his books. Champagne flowed, cocaine was abundant, and sex in the pre-AIDS era was embraced with abandon. Along the way, the couple agreed to a "modern marriage," that Harold insisted upon.

With charm, introspection, and humor, Grace lays open her fascinating, provocative roller-coaster ride of a life—her own Cinderella tale.

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Publishers Weekly
Purportedly a look into the lifestyles of the rich and famous, this memoir from popular author Harold Robbins's former wife Grace falls flat. Harold penned long, steamy novels like The Carpetbaggers, whose characters are based on real life Hollywood figures like Howard Hughes. Grace opens her remembrance of their life together with an attention-getting scene, reluctantly hosting a sex party in her home at her husband's behest. From there the story becomes a dull, lengthy chronicle of their marriage from beginning to end. The early days look promising: she is swept off her feet by the charismatic and married Harold while she herself is married to a deadbeat, alcoholic artist. Villas and yachts follow, but inevitably things turn sour. Harold informs her that in order to "research" his novels, he must sleep with other women. Later, ill and wheelchair-bound at 75, he leaves Grace for her personal secretary, Jann, whom he marries and who would inherit his fortune after his death. Unfortunately, the book is only slightly salacious and mostly depressing. Even ardent Robbins fans may shudder at the unpleasant human this book makes him out to be. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780988284821
  • Publisher: Bettie Youngs Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2013
  • Sales rank: 1,459,364
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Grace Robbins, an original “Beverly Hills Housewife,” is currently working on a film script about her life.
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  • Posted February 27, 2014

    Not really my kind of book but a very interesting read. I felt l

    Not really my kind of book but a very interesting read. I felt like I was reading from her diary in some parts of the book.

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